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Conquered City (03:14)


The Han Chinese and the nomadic peoples of Central Asia surround Beijing in separate spheres. In the 13th century, Mongols attacked the city. Genghis Khan led the attack that finally dominated the Chinese.

Flail of God (03:18)

Genghis Khan, a nomadic ruler, and his men killed 18 million people in Central Asia. They conquered Baghdad, cities in Russia, and walled cities in Europe.

Conquest of China (03:10)

Kublai Khan became the Supreme Khan after his brother's death. Kublai spared his brother Ariq Boke's life after defeating him in a civil war, intent on securing China and uniting the people.

Imperial City (03:09)

Kublai Khan built Beijing but less than 80 years after his death, the Mongols were thrown out of Beijing and the Chinese ruled again. The Ming emperors, titled the city "Beijing" and built the Forbidden City. Zhu Di led the construction of many projects, including the reconstruction of the Great Wall.

Dragon and Tiger (03:34)

Zhu Di had the Grand Canal restored. In 1424, he died during a campaign. In 1644, rebels overtook Beijing and Zhu Di's dynasty came to an end.

Emperor Chongzhen (03:58)

The last emperor of the Ming dynasty, Chongzhen, was isolated from the deteriorating situation of Beijing. The rebels moved closer to the Forbidden City, preventing his escape. Chongzhen hung himself and received a pauper's funeral by the rebels.

Manchu Success (04:12)

The Manchus overtook Beijing from the rebels that conquered Chongzhen and placed a child on the throne. The moved the remains of Chongzhen to a tomb, giving him a traditional funeral. Emperor Qianlong became a successful military leader.

Revolution (03:32)

Parties held in Beijing celebrated Qianlong's 80th birthday as the city entered a golden age. Imperial China was ending and Qianlong's palace was destroyed by European armies 70 years later. Empress Cixi left the government to her nephew, Kangxi; Japan defeated China in 1858.

Emperor Kangxi (04:10)

Kangxi removed the conservative administrators and made plans to transform China into a more modern state. At the end of the 19th century, the Manchu dynasty came to end; Cixi came out of retirement and imprisoned Kangxi.

Boxer Rebellion (02:09)

Cixi brought Li Hongzhang back to the Chinese administration. He negotiated a treaty that ended the rebellion; he died shortly after.

Charm Offensive (03:11)

Cixi fled Beijing when foreign armies arrived, and returned with Kangxi to find their city chabged. Cixi invited the wives of the diplomats to tea in the Forbidden City. Modern civilization took hold in China.

Collapse of an Empire (03:50)

In 1911, China's first president, Sun Yat-sen ruled the country. In 1912, Puyi was crowned emperor at aged three; his reign lasted three years. In 1917, a warlord army led by Zhang Xun arrived in the Forbidden City, intent on restoring the monarchy.

End of the Revolution (03:19)

Zhang Xun asked Puyi for a mandate on behalf of the people, sparking a flurry of activity on the streets of Beijing. False pigtails were sold as those who had cut theirs off in revolt changed their minds; two weeks later the revolution was finished.

New Mood, Old Capital (04:44)

In the 20th century, the May 4th Movement sparked the Chinese Community Party. Puyi was still a prisoner, communicating with the outside world via telephone and inviting intellectuals to visit him in the Forbidden City. In November 1924, he was thrown out.

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China’s capital has been the stage for some of the giants of Chinese and world history. From the conquering Mongol hordes of Genghis Khan to China’s exiled last emperor, Beijing’s annals is filled with stories of victory and defeat, and the exploits of its rulers, rebels and renegades.

Length: 51 minutes

Item#: BVL124875

ISBN: 978-1-64023-020-0

Copyright date: ©2008

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